Board of Directors
Executive Directors (2020 – 2021)
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author and editor of 14 collections of creative nonfiction, scholarly work, and poetry. Former Halifax Poet Laureate, she is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University and a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative nonfiction. She regularly serves on national and regional writing juries and as a freelance editor for publishers and authors. Her most recent book is Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017).
Sean Bedell has been writing and publishing poetry for more than 30 years. He is a member of both the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and has attended numerous workshops and events over the years. He has recently turned to fiction and was honoured to have been selected to participate in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program in 2018-19, during which he completed his novel Somewhere There’s Music under the mentorship of Carol Bruneau.
Sean served on the board of directors of Capital Health for six years; he has provided advice to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education through his appointment to the province’s Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Board; and he was a founding board member and inaugural president of Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers. Sean works as a manager of safety and holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation. He is married and has two children and currently lives in Dartmouth. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travel, hiking, kayaking and playing golf.
Margo Wheaton holds a Master’s degree in English from Dalhousie University and works as a freelance writer and editor. Her literary essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Fiddlehead, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Guernica Series on Writers, The Antigonish Review, and The Coast. Her debut collection of poetry The Unlit Path Behind the House was published in 2016 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. It received the Fred Kerner Book Award from the Canadian Authors Association and was shortlisted for a number of regional and national awards. In 2017, Margo served as a poetry mentor in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.
Michelle Elrick is an award-winning writer and the author of two books, including Then/Again, a collection of poetry on the origins of home, published by Nightwood Editions in 2017. She also performs as part of poetry/music duo River of Diamonds; their debut studio album, Photon Touch, was released in April 2019. She is currently in the late stages of a novel manuscript. To fill the income gaps in her artistic career, Michelle runs a financial consulting firm called Islet Small Business Solutions, where she specializes in bookkeeping for music and arts industry professionals. Her clientele includes Rose Cousins, Chester Playhouse, Echo Lake Studio, Forward Music Group and AfterWords Literary Festival.
Matt Robinson is a poet who lives in Halifax with his family. His latest collections are the chapbooks Against (Gaspereau Press, 2018) and The Telephone Game (Baseline Press, 2017). His most recent full-length collection of poems, Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work, was released by Gaspereau in 2016. Other publications include the trade collections Against the Hard Angle (ECW Press, 2010), no cage contains a stare that well (ECW Press, 2005), how we play at it: a list (ECW Press, 2002), and A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac Press, 2000), as well as the chapbooks a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press, 2013), Against the Hard Angle (Greenboathouse Press, 2009), and tracery & interplay (Frog Hollow Press, 2004). His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, been adapted into cinepoems that have screened at a number of festivals, and have been featured in the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Art in Public Places initiative and AFCOOP’s collaborative “A Certain Openness: the filming of poetry” project. A member of the Editorial Board at The Fiddlehead, he works at Saint Mary’s University as the Director of Housing & Conference Services.
Directors-at-Large (2020 – 2021)
Cooper Lee Bombardier
Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist. His writing appears in many publications and in 12 anthologies, such as The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, BOMB, and The Rumpus; and recently in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues, and the Lambda-nominated anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, which won the 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His recent essay “Half as Sensitive” was nominated by The Malahat Review for a 2019 Canadian National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism. The Huffington Post listed Cooper as one of “10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art.” He has received fellowships from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Lambda Literary Foundation, and RADAR Labs. Cooper Lee has taught writing at the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland State University, as a visiting writer at the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Critical Studies graduate program, and at various high schools as a writer-in-residence through Writers in The Schools. His memoir-in-essays, Pass With Care, is forthcoming from Dottir Press in Spring 2020.
Alison Delory is a writer, editor, teacher, and communications professional. She has written two children’s chapter books and release her first novel, Making it Home (2019, Nimbus Publishing), which is shortlisted for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. As a non-fiction writer and journalist, Alison has written news, feature stories, and essays for publications including The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Ryerson Magazine, Dalhousie Magazine, and The Medical Post. She holds degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) and Ryerson. She has been a part-time instructor in communication studies at MSVU since 2013, has taught workshops through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and has participated in the Writers in the Schools program. She is currently the Associate Director of Communications of the University of King’s College.
Basma Kavanagh is a poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer who lives and works in Nova Scotia, in Mi’kma’ki. She produces artist’s books under the imprint Rabbit Square Books. She has published two collections of poetry, Distillo (Gaspereau, 2012) and Niche (Frontenac, 2015). Niche won the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poety and was a finalist for the 2019 Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award. Her book-length poem Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (Frontenac, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award and won the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta’s Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry Book of the Year. Basma has taught workshops and courses on poetry, printmaking, bookbinding, and letterpress and has formally and informally mentored emerging artists and writers. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Penland School of Crafts, the Banff Centre, and the Minnestoa Center for Book Arts.
Philip Moscovitch has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 20 years. He works primarily in non-fiction, though he has also published fiction for adults and children as well as poetry and comics. A fermentation enthusiast, he is the author of Adventures in Bubbles and Brine, a book about the culture of fermentation in Nova Scotia and the fascinating characters reviving and re-inventing traditional practices. He writes regularly for Saltscapes, Halifax Magazine, and Halifax Examiner and was a National Magazine Award finalist for a short feature in The Walrus. Philip’s board experience includes a previous stint on the WFNS Board of Directors, as well as a term as chair of the Halifax Public Libraries board.
Amanda Peters, MA MLIS MPA CAPA, is the Director of Policy and Planning with Glooscap First Nation in the Annapolis Valley, NS. Amanda has worked for First Nations government and business for 10 years. She currently sits on the NSCC Board of Governors, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre Board of Directors and as a Commissioner for the Nova Scotia Sustainability Economy Commission. In 2016, Amanda decided to follow her passion and completed a Certificate in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto. In 2017, Amanda won the Budge Wilson Short Fiction Award through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and was accepted to the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, working with Stephanie Domet. In the spring of 2018, she was a finalist for the inaugural national Indigenous Voices Award and received an RBC Aspiring Artist scholarship to attend an eight-day Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She had her first published story in the 2018 Fall edition of the Antigonish Review.
Jessica Scott Kerrin
Halifax-based Jessica Scott Kerrin is the bestselling author of 16 books, but she didn’t always want to be a writer. She wanted to be an astronaut. Then she had to get glasses in grade two, putting an end to her starry dreams. So she started writing stories, and when she grew up, an astronaut signed her book about rockets. Jessica is still fascinated by outer space, and her latest novel, Clear Skies, takes place during the 1960s Space Race to the Moon. Jessica has mentored many writers, has toured hundreds of schools and libraries across Canada and the United States, and has seen her books translated into six languages.
Pipukwes Latto’law (Raymond Gilbert Sewell), BA, MA, is an I’nu from the Mi’kmaq district of Kespek, specifically Ge’gwapsgug. He is a “community bridger” working at Saint Mary’s University in two roles: Indigenous student advisor and religious studies lecturer. He volunteers on many committees, including Neptune Theatre’s Board of Directors, and guest lectures for and interfaces with many organizations.He is a published poet and a patron of the arts. He is also a traditional instrumentalist and performer with an extensive background in music.
Anna Quon is a Halifax poet, novelist, visual artist, and filmmaker who likes to make paintings and short animated films of her original poetry. She is also a middle-aged, mixed race Mad woman, a writing workshop facilitator, and a maker of messes. Anna holds a BA in English Literature from Dalhousie University and has worked contracts in the not-for-profit sector all her adult life, except for several years as a freelance writer. She has traveled as far as the Czech Republic and Russia to work on her writing. She likes to swim and walk and spends way too much time on social media for her own good. Anna’s motto is “be kind, be careful, be curious, but above all be kind.”
Marianne Ward is a freelance book editor who, since 2007, has worked on over 100 titles for authors and publishers in the four Atlantic provinces and across Canada, many of them award-winners. Marianne is a founding (and current) member of the Atlantic Book Awards Society, has served as a board member and more recently as Coordinator of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, and has served on various book award juries. She is co-author and co-publisher of Clara’s Gifts, a picture book that captures the unique adaptation of The Nutcracker that is produced annually by Symphony Nova Scotia.